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July / August 2013

Evansville Living

Near and Far

Summer’s just begun. Even if you thought your summer was packed and planned, July and August will be much more fun with at least one more getaway. Here are 10 fantastic trips — all easily organized on a moment’s notice.

Spencer’s Rescue

I sat down and gazed into the eyes of my new dog, Spencer. I could not imagine that this guy was rescued only days before he was to be put down. God only knows what he went through. Late at night, if there is even a slight movement or sound, his ears stand up and he growls before becoming relaxed again. We think that he might have thoughts of past abuse.

Raising the Bar

The aromatic scents of oils and shea butter fill your senses as soon as you walk in the door. If you time it right, Jim Spann will mix and pour the all-natural serums right in front of you. Standing on the main floor of the New Harmony Soap Company, you’ll see how the ingredients are heated and blended before they are poured, slowly, into a long, wooden rectangular box that Spann then leaves to cool.

Map Out a Pendant

Maps are trending in accessories and home decor these days, and rightly so. While GPS devices and smart phones offer us quick mapping functions on the go, a good paper map has history. Enter the map pendant. Whether it’s to memorialize a vacation spot, have a reminder of your roots, or even make favors for a destination wedding, creating a map pendant is a quick, simple project for even the most novice of crafters.

Plaza Drive Pretty

Sue Stuckemeyer walks easily through the hallways of her Arts-and-Crafts style home on Plaza Drive. Smiling brightly, she points to the copper collection of pitchers and tea pots in the kitchen, then to the tall wainscoting and Corian solid surface built to look like soapstone — just like her grandmother’s — in the laundry room. In the great room, she details how she designed the space to be big enough for her three children, their spouses, and her future grandchildren. Her dream, she says, is for her house to accommodate all her children all at once.

Breathing Treatments

Steve Oeth was making excuses. He was 20 to 30 pounds overweight, he told himself. He wasn’t used to exerting himself, he’d say. Other days, he’d insist that he was just plain tired. Then Steve heard a question that he wasn’t prepared to answer: “What’s wrong with you?”

Missing Peace

Cognitive disabilities weren’t just a concept for President John F. Kennedy. His eldest sister, Rosemary, was mentally disabled, and she later underwent a prefrontal lobotomy. It was a time when mental health and developmental disabilities weren’t widely understood.

Whey Cool

One of my all-time favorite dishes in the summer is a bright caprese salad. Made with seasonal ingredients at the peak of their freshness, caprese offers comfort, presentation, and a zip of homegrown flair. Using heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil, a slight drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and the most important of all ingredients — homemade mozzarella — this winner of a salad is sure to impress even the most staunch salad critic.

Dining In and Out

Charley Beck isn’t the type of guy to miss breakfast, especially around here. In fact, for the past several months, he’s been to 17 restaurants that serve breakfast in what he likes to call the “Evans-burgh” area. And he’s not just trying to eat the most important meal of the day. “It’s nice having local places that provide great meals, have unique atmospheres, and offer service by owners and families,” Beck says.

A Little Shack of Goodness

Memphis-style, dry-rubbed, and slow-smoked barbecue has made its way to Newburgh, Ind. Originally founded by Brian and Katie Shonk in Paris, Ill., in July 2009, Memphis & Main BBQ became an established small roadside barbecue stand. With the mission to serve great food and take the guesswork out of barbecuing, Brian worked to perfect his barbecue culinary skills after studying the cuisines of the Midwest and Middle East. Brian and Katie, who lived in Dubai for a year, opened Memphis & Main BBQ in Newburgh in May.

Sunshine in a Glass

There is no suggested time for happy hour during the sizzling summer months. When Evansville temperatures near the unbearable, nothing cools you faster than the refreshing tastes of a chilled, fruity cocktail. To make your selection a bit easier, we’ve ventured around town, savoring a few summer favorites. Create these mixtures yourself or stop by these Evansville hot spots to relax with a summer treat.

Much More to Amore

All you have to do is pick apart a steaming hot plate of pig knuckles to know that Jim and Jerry Chandler know German food. After all, the brothers have owned the Gerst Bavarian Haus on Franklin Street since 1998. Now, they’ve branched out to offer authentic dishes from another European country with Smitty’s Italian Steakhouse.

Every Now and Then

It’s still a busy corner  — at least during the workweek. Yet the intersection of Third and Main streets in Downtown Evansville is very different than it was just a century ago. While the eastern half of this block of Main Street toward Fourth Street has not changed significantly, the west side of the street is completely revised.

Center of Attention

Pitch Perfect

It seems that adage about location applies to advertising as much as it does to real estate, at least in the case of Daniel Burton Dean’s recent project. DBD, as the firm is commonly known, will be featured in the new season of “The Pitch,” a reality TV show in which 15 firms compete to land big accounts. The season opener premieres Thursday, Aug. 15, on AMC-TV. “We were very skeptical about reality shows, but we felt these guys had a pretty good reputation because of ‘Undercover Boss,’” DBD creative director Phil Mowery says.

Editor's Letter


What are your summer travel plans? There still is plenty of time to form your answer to the question being asked at patio parties all around town. Perhaps you’ll say you’re going to the live music capital of the world: Austin, Texas. Our insider travel writer tells how to do Austin like a local. If you’ve had enough of the heat, maybe you’ll say you’re going to Wisconsin. We did and discovered a Wisconsin beyond beautiful lakes and cheese.

Chew On This

Chew On This

El Charro (943 N. Park Drive) extends to the North Side, taking the space in North Park abandoned by Kipplee’s pizzeria. Like its West Side counterpart, El Charro will serve Mexican cuisine. Open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Thur., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sun. Get and Go Casseroles LLC (6840 Logan Drive) is a carryout or dine-in restaurant near Lowe’s Home Improvement offering Mexican lasagna, beef and cornbread bake, and other types of casseroles. Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.

Check It Out

Serving it to the Community

When the Women’s Hospital 2013 Classic takes place Monday, July 15, through Sunday, July 21, a local tennis player will likely get a lot of attention. Macie Elliott graduated from Reitz Memorial High School and will attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas in the fall to play tennis. This will be her first year to compete in the main draw of the tournament.

Hitting a High Note

Maestro Alfred Savia is the internal heartbeat of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra. For almost 25 seasons, the music director has expanded the activities of the Evansville Philharmonic, which now includes a comprehensive Youth Orchestra program, the Philharmonic Chorus, and the Eykamp String Quartet. Savia also is a frequent guest conductor throughout North America and around the globe.

Cheap Eats

Meals on Wheels

On a fact-finding mission to California last year, Derrick Woolbright sampled items from more than 30 food trucks in the span of a week in the areas of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Today, he puts that research to good use as owner of his own food truck, Chomp. Food trucks around the Tri-State are offering a tasty menu at a great price to satisfy your hunger pains whether it’s for brunch, lunch, or a snack. “I just knew this was a concept that was going to make it to the Midwest,” Woolbright says. “It was just a matter of time.”

Encyclopedia Evansvillia

Not Quite Wright

In a neighborhood filled with “one bungalow after another,” the house at 1506 E. Indiana St. stands out. The Peters-Margedant House, designed by William Wesley Peters in the neighborhood behind The Pub, is “so different — a postage stamp, a little gem of a house, and not where you’d expect to find it,” according to Dennis Au, historic preservation officer for the City of Evansville. Yet it has an interesting history.

Evansville Centric

Scene of the Crime

In his fifth murder mystery play, author and Evansville Living contributor Kelley Coures has chosen another fact-based crime in Evansville’s history as the plot for the popular annual fundraising event for the Reitz Home Museum. “Thoroughly Murdered Millie” tells the true and shocking tale of the killing of young wife and mother Millie Hobbs July 15, 1877.

Comfort Zone

Mission Driven

Candice Perry remembers the woman, a successful entrepreneur, well. She was in Perry’s office at the Albion Fellows Bacon Center. The woman was nursing a baby in her lap, taking business calls, and instructing staff. At the same time, she was filling out protection order paperwork against an abusive spouse.

Digging In

Green Girls

The Girl Scouts may be known for their delicious cookies. But during these hot months, they’re becoming known for their rain gardens. Rain gardens conserve and reuse rain to water plants. They feature planted depressions to allow rainwater runoff or rain barrels to collect water. In addition to creating the gardens, the young girls also are becoming educated on the environment, natural resources, and conservation.

Color Your World

While vacationing in Charleston, S.C., my wife and I fell in love with the beautiful gardens throughout the city. We spent hours walking the streets and peeking though gates to get a glimpse of the hidden gardens tucked away within the city. Even though we are in a completely different cold hardiness zone, several of the same plants that captured our attention in Charleston actually grow in the Evansville area. Different varieties of these plants perform differently, so depending on your yard and what plant you choose, some many grow better than others.  


Freedom and Forgiveness

Eva Mozes Kor is scared. It is August 1993, and in front of her is Dr. Hans Münch, a former Nazi physician who worked in Auschwitz, Poland, during World War II. That’s where Eva spent roughly a year of her life, undergoing forced medical experiments in the infamous Nazi extermination camps. Yet despite their shared history, these two people have never met before.

A Fated Destination

Frances Enzler has three kids, a husband, and, when she’s not working as an academic advisor and instructor at the University of Evansville, a career as the aquatics director/swim coach at the Evansville Country Club and the swim coach at Reitz Memorial High School. That’s her life. It’s what she’s built, what she’s crafted, after she was adopted by an American couple 54 years ago. And up until the beginning of this year, it’s the life she knew.


In the Third Act

Thirty years in education, culminating with a stretch as a middle school principal, would leave most people with just enough stamina to lounge poolside or maybe play a weekly round of bridge. Not Ron Waite. The Owensboro, Ky., native, who many Evansvillians may recognize as the proprietor of the much-missed “A La Carte Food and Wine” on S. Green River Road, is still a man on fire, splitting his time in various volunteer positions and helping run Back Alley Musicals, the musical theatre company he helped establish in 2010.

Treasure Pleasure

If you’re looking for an education in Warrick County history, there’s no better place to start than the old Ella Williams School. Located at 217 S. First St. in Boonville, Ind., part of this 1901 red brick structure became a museum in 1977, after the school closed in 1976. Led by board president Connie Barnhill, the Warrick County Museum aims to collect, preserve, and promote the history of Warrick County.

Singing His Praises

Words used to just roll off of Sandy Lee Watkins’ tongue. The man who often referred to himself as “husky petite” also was known for touting that “there’s no place like 42420,” the Zip code for Henderson, Ky. When the longtime Judge-executive died unexpectedly on Aug. 28, 2010, at age 58, the response was immediate. Residents called him “funny,” “talented,” and “a consummate politician.” But most of all, they declared him missed.


Kitsch Niche

Ordinary things have extraordinary potential in the artist’s eye of Posey County native Amy Moore. Moore’s passion is a mixed-media form commonly called found object art, or “assemblage, (which is) the fancy word for it,” she explains. Much of her current work is paper collage (using items like pages from old magazines or maps) with various objects placed over it. Her work is inspired by a fondness for bygone times and a sense of history, and she is particularly interested in the 1940s through the 1960s.

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Songs of Summer

Musical memory begins with Johnny Cash, of course, when recalling my songs of summer — “Jackson,” “I Walk the Line,” “Ring of Fire,” “A Boy Named Sue” — “The Man in Black” providing the background music during my elders’ euchre games and horseshoe matches.